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The VM40 is a Second World War civil defense gas mask issued to Civil Defense in Nazi Germany.

Mask overview Edit

The VM40's face piece was either dark green or black, with the production stamps located on the lower left and right side of the face piece where the chin would rest when worn. The eye lenses of the VM40 tend to discolour overtime becoming more yellow and/or red, like other gas masks with cellulose eye pieces from the same period. Unlike it's predecessor the VM37, the VM40 uses a simple strap and shaped chin rest to provide a tight seal to the user. The VM40 has a very unique type of harness, it uses three cloth straps attached with two metal tightening brackets to the rubber or cloth straps attached to the mask itself. This kind of harness design was cheap, yet it worked fine, and it helped saving on Germany's rubber during the Second World War as it was costly to use the helmet design. Like all Volksgasmaske it uses a simple metal 40mm intake piece with a green rubbered inhale valve and a foam-like ring that helped drying the intake piece from sweat and condensation. The exhale valve is a simple fludder/flapper valve, similar to the ones of various other civilian gas masks of the era.

Filter Edit

The VM40 was issued with the standard 40mm filters, which are broad discs with multiple holes at the bottom and a thread at the top that contain the various blocking substances.

Kit Edit

The mask came with his filter and instructional booklet inside a cardboard box.
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